She’d Always Been Sure He’d Outlive Her by Kathryn Silver-Hajo

It was the meanness—like embalming fluid shoring him up.

His penchant for whisky and planting purple-plum kisses across her body deadened her will. But someday she’d find a way. So when he dropped, Glenfiddich splattering the carpet, she waited—a heartbeat and a nail trim—before making the call.

Kathryn Silver-Hajo is a 2023 Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best American Food Writing nominee. Her work appears in many lovely journals. Kathryn’s flash collection Wolfsong and novel Roots of The Banyan Tree are both forthcoming in 2023. More at:;; 

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